What are Veneers?
A veneer is a thin moulding, custom-made from porcelain, which is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. Veneers are a quick and effective solution to stained, chipped, misshapen or crooked teeth.They can also be used to cover gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment may not be suitable.
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment. They cover only the front surface of the tooth and will mimic the size, shape and colour of your teeth, creating a very natural look. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Veneers provide a very natural finish. If you are concerned about misshapen, chipped or discoloured teeth, veneers can offer a long-lasting cosmetic solution.
The colour of the porcelain veneer can be selected to match your existing teeth or to make them appear whiter.
The porcelain finish also mimics the light-reflecting qualities of natural teeth, helping you achieve a brighter, natural -looking smile.
Porcelain veneers are also more stain resistant and durable than composite bonding, and if looked after properly, can last for many years.
Veneers offer a gentler approach to altering a tooth’s shape or colour than crowns, as only a small amount of enamel has to be removed to fit the veneer. Yet they offer similar strength and very natural looking results.
How are veneers fitted?
You’ll first have a consultation with your dentist to make sure a veneer is the correct treatment for you. Once this has been agreed, your tooth can be prepared to hold the veneer. This involves taking off a thin layer of the enamel so that the veneer can be attached to your tooth seamlessly, without changing the size of the tooth. You might be given a local anaesthetic as a precaution, but the procedure shouldn’t cause you pain.
Your dentist will then take an impression of your mouth so that a bespoke veneer can be created to fit your tooth perfectly. A temporary cover may be placed over your tooth while this is being prepared.
The veneer will then be attached to your tooth and adjusted as necessary, before being permanently secured in place. You’ll need to care for your new veneer in the same way you would your other teeth. With proper care, veneers can last for years, but they can be replaced should any damage occur.